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Saviours of the Mac, we salute you

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The firefighters who arrived first to the scene of the Mac fire have been given an award for bravery by the AJ

They were waiting for us: with rolls and square sausages, with mugs of tea, with biscuits and Irn Bru…

We’d arrived from London, with Glasgow-born artist Bruce McLean, a former student at Mackintosh’s school of art. We were there to award these firefighters for saving the Mac from destruction. To thank them, on behalf of architects the world over, for their bravery, their intelligence, their civic-mindedness and pride.

These firefighters were the first to mobilise. They arrived at the building within four minutes and remained there into the night, undertaking multiple shifts to quell the fire from inside.

Bruce designed the award, a collage he’d called The Golden Firehouse – a cheeky reference to the Palme D’or film award – and handed it to group commander Steph McGrath.

‘We’re very proud of our city, and our communities here, that let us carry out the job that we do every day,’ said McGrath.

‘This is a great compliment from The Architects’ Journal, and we are overwhelmed and grateful for the appreciation shown for the work we did that day.’

Steph – you, your crew, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are very, very welcome.


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